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New Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2014–2015 selected

Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2014–2015 have been selected. The call was open from 8 January to 24 February. We received an all-time high amount of 176 applications and thus the number of excellent proposals far exceeded our hosting capacity. While the selection of proposals was based on academic excellence, it also strove to take into account a balance between the nominated Visiting Fellows’ projects and the various research foci and regions covered by the Aleksanteri Institute. We wish to sincerely thank all those who were interested in coming to the University of Helsinki and to the Aleksanteri Institute.

The 2014–2015 Visiting Fellows are listed below, along with the projects they will pursue while visiting the Institute.

  1. Edwin Bacon, “Writing Russia's Future: a century of discerning Russia's path”, Birkbeck, University of London
  2. Dmitry Efremenko, “EU - Ukraine - Russia trilateral political dialogue and economic cooperation as an alternative to geopolitical rivalry in Eastern Europe”, Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences (INION), Russian Academy of Sciences
  3. Christine Engel, ”Eurasianism and Lev N. Gumilev's Heritage in Recent Russian Cinema”, University of Innsbruck
  4. Sergey Glebov, ”In Search of Russian Modernity: Jakobson, Lévi-Strauss and the Making of Structuralism”, Smith College and Amherst College
  5. Olga Kniazeva, “Opposition and Dissent in Petro-States: international oil markets and political mobilization”, University of British Columbia
  6. Roman Krakovsky, “The Building of a Socialist Community Social Relations in Czechoslovakia and Poland (1929-1989)”, CERCEC (EHESS, Paris)
  7. Ina Merdjanova, “Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding in the Balkans: A Gender-Critical Perspective”, Trinity College Dublin
  8. Jeremy Morris, “Russia's Worthless Dowry? - an Ethnographic study of the blue-collar monotown”, University of Birmingham
  9. Michal Pullmann, “Pragmatic radicalism of the long1970s: Ideology and social consensus in East and West”, Charles University in Prague
  10. Regina Smyth, “Protest and Regime Transformation in Authoritarian States”, Indiana University
  11. Charles Walker, “Masculinities and wellbeing in contemporary Russia”, University of Southampton,
  12. Yuliya Zabyelina, “Why does corruption persist in Putin’s Russia? Political will and controlled corruption in authoritarian regimes”, University of Edinburgh

Visiting Scholars Programme

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of one to three months, supported with a monthly grant, which in the academic year 2013–2014 is 2600 €. Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows have the opportunity to conduct research and interact with other researchers at the Aleksanteri Institute and with the wider academic community at the University of Helsinki and in Finland. Each Visiting Fellow has a research host working on a related theme and helping to establish contacts with the research community in Finland.

While the Aleksanteri Institute is an independent institute of the University of Helsinki, it also has a national function, acting as the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies. Therefore, Visiting Fellows may also accept invitations for short visits to Finnish universities other than the University of Helsinki. The Aleksanteri Institute is coordinating the Finnish Centre of Excellence “Choices of Russian Modernisation”, funded by the Academy of Finland for the period of 2012-2017. The CoE is run together with the University of Tampere.  

Starting from the academic year 2008-2009, the Visiting Scholars Programme has invited over 80 Visiting Fellows working on various fields and themes within social sciences and humanities, and representing 22 countries from Europe through North America to China.

Here you can find information on the Visiting Fellows joining the Aleksanteri Institute during 2013-2014. Visiting Fellows present their research projects in the Visiting Fellows Research Seminars.

Read more about the Visiting Fellows having worked with us during the years 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

Visiting Fellows Bettina Renz, Arthur Mason and Barbara Falk, spring 2013

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